Schizophrenic man, 52, cuts off his entire PENIS and flushes it down the toilet ‘after voices in his head warned him he would face dire consequences if he didn’t’
- Unidentified man from India admitted to hospital 16 hours after being unplugged
- The 52-year-old man has been left with a stump after the psychological episode
A schizophrenic man cut off his penis with a kitchen knife, then flushed it down the toilet.
Sharing gory details of the incident in a medical journal, surgeons in India recounted how the unidentified 52-year-old man was left with a stump.
The man, who had stopped taking his medication, did not show up at the hospital until 16 hours after his amputation.
Doctors said the man, from Pune, had “no suicidal intent”.
However, he attributed his action “to voices in his head telling him to cut off his penis or face dire consequences.”
The unidentified 52-year-old man from Pune in western India was left with a stump after the psychological episode. But the doctors who treated him said he only came to the hospital after being offline for 16 hours.
Writing in the Open Journal of Clinical and Medical Case Reports, doctors at the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College in Pune said that the skin of the scrotum has come off the root of the penis.
Doctors took the man into surgery to clean his wound.
They administered general anesthesia to knock him out so surgeons could operate on the stump.
After seven days in the hospital, the man was released.
Checkups 20 days after the operation revealed that the “stump was healing well,” the doctors also said.
The man reported no other complications and was able to urinate.
Writing in the journal, they stated that self-inflicted penile amputation, also known as Klingsor syndrome, is a “rare form of physical self-harm that stems from psychological abnormalities.”
They added: “Not only does it present as a surgical emergency, but it also has the potential to worsen a patient’s psychological distress and self-care challenges.”
Klingsor syndrome was first reported in the medical literature in the 1990s and has rarely been documented since then, with fewer than 30 official reports.
Patients who perform such an act usually suffer from psychiatric disorders, hallucinations, or drug abuse.
Doctors may reattach penises if they have held up well, present early, and the wound is not too contaminated or mutilated.
People who have had successful reattachment surgery are able to urinate normally and may even achieve erections afterward in some cases.
The date of the incident was not disclosed in the report. Doctors did not disclose how much blood the man lost or how he stopped the bleeding.